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Concerts I Am Looking Forward to in 2017

As a life-long live music fan, I always look forward to which of my favorite music stars will be coming in concert soon. Have I seen them a few times before, or are they someone I will be seeing for the first time? Do they have a long catalog of hits, or are they just starting out? Here’s who I look forward to seeing on stage in 2017:

Ariana Grande
She’s had a few successful years with “My Everything” and “Dangerous Woman.” She has the vocal chops for sure, and her personality is starting to show more. Plus she kills it every time I see her perform on TV.

Lady GaGa
It’s time to get back to her day job. After a few detours (Cheek to Cheek with Tony Bennett and American Horror Story: Hotel), she is back with her new album “Joanne.” I have seen her first 2 tours, it will be fun to see her again. She is definitely one talented, multi-faceted woman. Plus she is headlining the Super Bowl half-time show this year.

Bruno Mars
After a break of a few years, Bruno is back with “24 K Magic.” So far the single is just OK to me, but he always kills it with his live performances. And he has a decent amount of hits too, so even if the new songs suck, we’ll get “Uptown Funk.”

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Mr. and Mrs. McGraw head back out for a big arena tour in 2017. Tim has continued to record and tour regularly. Faith hasn’t done much since her album “Fireflies” in 2005. Not sure the reason why, but I welcome her back. I saw them on an earlier version of the “Soul to Soul” tour and it was a great show.

Alicia Keys
She will be touring in support of her new album “Here.” I previously saw her on the “Diary of Alicia Keys” and “As I Am” tours. I started to watch “The Voice” again because of her and Miley. She has such a wonderful spirit and I love her energy. And she gives her all to the performance. The album is just OK, but I still love her.

Sting
The veteran artist is back with his first rock album (“57th & 9th”) in a long time. He’s been making the rounds with appearances on everything from “The Voice” to the “American Music Awards.” With more and more singers dying young these days, I say catch him while you can.

Justin Beiber
He is still riding high off his album “Purpose” and it’s string of hit singles. Plus he got some big love in the form of some Grammy nominations this year in major categories. Plus from what I have seen he really puts himself out there in his shows. Catch him on his stadium tour this summer.

New Kids on the Block
Their chart-topping days are long behind them, but they can still fill arenas. They have found a successful formula and are sticking to it. They put themselves as the headliners on a bill with a couple of other retro acts, and the tickets keep selling. This year’s The Total Package Tour includes Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men.

Ed Sheeran
No tour has been announced yet for him, but if there is one I am sure it is going to be huge. He just released two new singles from his upcoming album “Divide” and they both debuted into the Top Ten (one even went to #1). I have seen clips of his concerts online, and he is an amazing performer. I would definitely go to see him.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey
The two superstars are teaming up for Lionel’s “All the Hits” Tour. This show is playing on my birthday at the Hollywood Bowl, so I already have my ticket. Mariah needs to redeem herself after the New Year’s Eve fiasco. I haven’t seen Lionel since he opened for Tina Turner on her farewell tour. It should be fun.

So that’s my concert wish list for 2017. Did I mention your favorite? Who do you want to see live and in person at your local concert venue? Sound off in the comments below.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Concerts I am Looking Forward to in 2016

As the big music fan that I am, attending concerts is one of my favorite things in life. There is just something about being there in person that cannot be duplicated by watching a show on DVD or listening to it on CD/MP3. So what shows am I looking forward to in 2016? Read on:

Demi Lovato/Nick Jonas
The former “Camp Rock” co-stars are co-headlining the “Future Now” tour. Both were part of the Disney child-star machine that has produced Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. Demi is touring behind her most recent album “Confident” and Nick is stretching out on his first major tour without his brothers since he hit the big-time with “Jealous”. It should be a great show — I hope they do a few “Camp Rock” tunes too.

Rihanna
This one I have been patiently waiting for. Now it is finally happening. The “Anti” tour is her first since the joint tour with Eminem. It is named after the album of the same name that is still to be released, though we did get a few singles last year like “FourFiveSeconds” and “Bitch Better Have My Money.” One of the best female singers of the 2000’s in my opinion.

Adele
This will be one of the biggest tours of the year for sure. She is touring behind her latest blockbuster album “25”. You will get chills hearing her hit those high notes live on songs like “Hello” and “Rolling in the Deep.” Plus, she has a good sense of humor and is known to drop an F-bomb or 2 too.

Bryan Adams
Eighties Canadian rocker Bryan Adams brings his sing-along anthems to theaters this coming summer. He is touring behind his latest release “Get Up.”

Dixie Chicks
It’s been 10 years since they last toured. It is about time. Hopefully a new album will come out before the show. I saw them 2 times previously and they put on a great show — beautiful harmonies and fantastic songs. The tour is dubbed the “DCX Tour MMXVI” and includes a stop at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl.

Kenny Chesney/Miranda Lambert/Sam Hunt
This triple threat tour is going to be one of the hottest shows of the year hitting stadiums across the country. Dubbed the “Spread the Love” tour, it will also feature Old Dominion; as well as Little Big Town and Jake Owen subbing for Miranda and Sam on select shows. Still waiting for a Los Angeles show to be added.

Carrie Underwood
Former “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood is heading out behind her recent “Storyteller” album. After seeing the Blown Away tour on DVD, I can definitely say she puts on a great show.

Justin Bieber
This guy has really impressed me this past year: with his music and his performances. He is definitely back and will be hitting the road in support of his chart-topping album “Purpose.” Hopefully he won’t be playing “Baby Baby Baby.” He’s moved on and is showing us the true star he is.

That’s all for my concert wish list for 2016. Which singers and bands are you looking forward to seeing live this year? I would love to hear from you.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

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